Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Wednesday announced plans to launch an undergraduate degree in Commercial Space Operations this fall at its Daytona Beach campus, the first of its kind in the United States. Officials said the timing was right for a specialized program with companies like SpaceX launching cargo to the ISS, and Virgin Galactic and XCOR preparing for suborbital tourist flights. The university's board of trustees still needs to approve the program, but Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana and Space Florida President Frank DiBello are among those who have submitted letters of support. As for the coursework, it was recommended the degree focus on policy and other issues still under consideration between the various agencies and spaceports. (Image Credit: SpaceX)
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